Health & Lifestyle

Health Benefits of Active Commuting

The popularity of ebikes, scooters, and pedal bikes continue to skyrocket.

Many workers use bikes to get to and from work in a cost-efficient way amid high gas prices and inflation these days. Others ride bikes because they view it as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle overall. Here are some benefits of riding ebikes, scooters, and pedal bikes.

Heart attack risk can drop by up to 50%

According to a World Health Organization study, cyclists can reduce their risk of heart attack by up to 50 percent with a daily distance of just 2.8 miles.

Cycling can extend your lifespan by 3.7 years

The “Copenhagen City Heart” study examined the influence of different sports on life expectancy over a period of 25 years. The result: regular cycling can have a positive effect on lifespan and can extend it by an average of 3.7 years.

Improves your mental health

One benefit of biking is that it improves your mental health. Maybe you had a stressful day or you’ve been feeling anxious lately about the things that are happening in the world. You can ride your scooter out in the neighborhood and this reduces the stress and anxiety in your life. And if you’re riding your bike on a sunny day, you’re getting the benefits of vitamin D for your mood.

Good for cardiovascular health

Riding your bike or scooter is also great for improving your heart health. The reason is that when you ride your bike, you build more stamina. It is this stamina that strengthens your lungs and causes you to get in more oxygen leading to the creation of more red blood cells that benefits your heart.

The quality of your sleep improves

Physical activity plays an important role in the quality of your sleep, and this is why parents are advised to have their kids and teens engage in various types of exercise a few hours before bedtime. If you’re someone who struggles to get adequate hours of sleep at night, then try riding your bike for about two hours before going to bed.

Helps with your joints

As we age, our joints are not as strong as they once were. And if we develop conditions such as arthritis, it becomes difficult to do everyday tasks. Bike riding can strengthen our joints as we get older. Bike riding is a low-impact and low-stress exercise for seniors and this puts the joints at less risk for injury.

Builds better muscle strength

Another health benefit of riding scooters, pedal bikes, and e-bikes is that you build better muscle strength. There is a study published in the British Medical Journal that stated that people between ages 55 and 79 who rode bikes regularly had better muscle mass and stable levels of body fat than those who didn’t ride bikes regularly.

Helps your cognitive skills

Riding a bike is great for your mental health, but it also does wonders for your cognitive skills and memory. This is because when you ride your bike, you’ll need to watch out for other cars or other pedestrians on the street. In addition, you’ll need to use your memory to navigate different areas to get to your destination.

Tones your arms and legs

If you’re interested in toning your arms and legs but don’t want to use fancy gym equipment, then ride your bike. As you ride your bike, you’ll use your legs a lot and this means that you’ll have tone legs over time. And you’ll tone your arms just by carrying your bike from place to place as well as holding the handlebars while riding it.

Your posture gets better

We live more sedentary lives these days, and this can take a toll on our posture if we’re not careful. A good thing about regular bike riding is that you improve your posture. This means you’re less likely to experience issues such as back pain, tight neck, shoulder muscles, and low energy levels.

Burns calories and boosts your metabolism

You don’t need to spend an hour on aerobic exercise in order to burn calories. You can get in an efficient and fun workout by riding your bike. If you ride on a scooter for about an hour, you can burn 600 calories. This is also a neat option if you hate going to the gym.

Promotes healthier relationships

Families can bond through watching movies and playing video games, but is this really the healthiest way to spend time together? When you, your spouse, and your kids all ride bikes together, it leads to a stronger bond and you’re building healthier habits at the same time.

Respiratory benefits

In addition to better cardiovascular health, riding bikes and scooters can help you with your respiratory health. You’ll strengthen your diaphragm muscles while riding the bike, and this kind of breathing is the most efficient in bike riding.

Ebikes and e-scooters enable you to go longer distances

Although traditional pedal bikes are good to use, one advantage of e-bikes is that they allow you to go longer distances since you’re not using your legs as strenuously as in the case of pedal bikes. This is good news if you like long journeys on the bike but don’t like the soreness in your legs once the trip ends.

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